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Women's Power Lunch features comedian & cancer survivor Karen Mills

April 4, 2017

The 2017 Women’s Power Lunch Against Cancer will feature Karen Mills, comedian and ovarian cancer survivor. Proceeds from the event will benefit all cancer research at Simmons Cancer Institute at Southern Illinois University Medicine in Springfield.

The luncheon is scheduled for Friday, April 28, at the President Abraham Lincoln Hotel, 701 E. Adams St., Springfield. Tickets are $50 each or $500 for a table of 10 tickets.

To reserve seats, call 217-545-2955 or register online at siuPowerLunch. Every dollar donated stays in the region.

The eighth annual event includes a raffle and several door prizes.

Registration and networking begins at 11 a.m. Lunch will be served at 11:45 a.m. The Women's Power Lunch Against Cancer celebrates and encourages mutual support among women in our communities. 

Major sponsors of the 2017 event are Ameriprise Financial – Steve Koch CFP; Bemco Mattress, Inc. – d/b/a SBI Mattress, Inc.; Mary Lynne Cleverdon; Curry & Associates LLC; Kerber Eck & Braeckel LLP; and Melinda LaBarre.

Mills (pictured at right) has been a comedian for 23 years, working in clubs and theaters nationwide. She can be heard daily on Sirius/XM comedy channels. Diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2013, Mills is now cancer free and has used her experience to bring humor and inspiration to difficult topics. 

Her positive message and strong stage presence has landed her on many stages, including last year when she was chosen to give her talk, “Cancer is a Laughing Matter,” at TEDxChattanooga. She has also spoken to the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance in Washington, D.C.

Though the 5’2” comedian was told she was too short to play basketball, Mills became the first University of Tennessee-Chattanooga All-American in the university’s history.

The mission of Simmons Cancer Institute at SIU is to serve the people of central and southern Illinois by addressing their present and future cancer needs through education, research, patient care and community service.

Schedule an interview or request more information by contacting SIU Medicine's Office of Public Relations and Communications at or 217-545-3854.